Proudly representing Vernonia High School this year are returning senior Sarah Wagner, junior Makayla McCord, sophomores Kassidy Fetch and Sheyanne Pedersen, freshmen Lauren Glass and Pearl Cook, and new student, sophomore Jordan Brickley. The team and coach Diane Benes welcomed Dawn Carr as co-coach this year with Dale Pedersen returning as their Cow-Coach.
State Qualifiers for this year were as follows: Team Penning team “B” - Brickley, Wagner, and Glass took the Gold at District; this is the first time in Vernonia’s equestrian history that a team of Loggers have represented the Northwest District in this event! Pedersen and McCord placed 6th in Two Man Bi – Rangle, and placed as the 2nd alternate McCord placed 6th in District Figure 8 and placed as the 2nd alternate; McCord also took 5th place in Pole Bending and qualified in the top 10%. Fetch took the Gold in Individual Flags; in Steer Daubing Fetch took the Bronze. In Break Away Roping, Pederson took the Gold and Fetch took the Silver. In Working Rancher, Pedersen qualified as the state alternate.
Vernonia had their first District Meet in February on the weekend of the big snowstorm. The meet has now earned the nickname “SNOSET.” In spite of the challenges the snow brought, the athletes rode well and started the season by placing well.
The second District Meet came with lots of rain and wind, and was soon dubbed “RAINSET,” and again the athletes did well.
The third and final District meet was held April 11-13. Beautiful dry weather (“SUNSET”) gave way to Vernonia taking home medals and placing high in the season final standings. All of the team members did extremely well and the coaches are excited to see the quality of horsemanship and unity among the riders.
All Vernonia has much to be proud of as the team has worked hard, which has shown in the final standings.
The Equestrian Team also would like to publicly thank Mitch and Leslie Siebert for the use of their arena again this year and the Hansen’s for donating the use of their land for the team’s fundraiser in August. Creatures Pet Store owner Michal Smith also donated a few saddle pads that the riders needed, and is much appreciated.
The team is asking for community support and invite you to attend their car wash fundraiser on Saturday, April 19th at Creatures Pet store from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. There will be a bake sale while you wait and a raffle to help the team members to finance their State traveling expenses. There will also be a dog wash by donation. The team would like to thank you in advance for your support of Vernonia’s Equestrian Team.
Congratulations to the entire VHS OHSET and good luck at the state meet in May!